Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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84
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1,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of Pensfan0782
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jpd026
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown with a 1/2 foamy head, and nice lacing.

Smell - Citric hops, pineapple, orange, grapefruit,honey, pine. Some added sugars, pale malts at the finish.

Taste - Palt malts, lager mixed with some piney hops at first sip. Plenty of spices mixed with some yeast adds a nice sweet flavor. The lager aspect adds a bready, earthy note. Has a herbal feel with the spices. No alcohol is present

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness is surprizing, lots of malts and hops coat the tounge with fruits, and bready notes. Palate gets more hops and malts, with spices and yeasts. Aftertaste is hoppy, malty and a little grainy.

Overall - Pretty good beer. Nice mix of ipa and lager, and it works. Rather flavorful being 5%, and really smooth and drinkable. The balance is nice also, makes this even more enjoyable. Would recommend and drink again.

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Borrowing from Jack's Abby (on of my favorites), Sam Adams takes a crack at the IPL.

A-Pours a bright copper color. No haze. Head is a thin foamy skin. The skinny head leaves tons of lacing.

S-Interesting. Blatantly a Lager, but it is hopped with a solid dosage of West Coast hops. The intriguing mixture of yeast and hop is inciting. Grapefruit and pine with a light catty note. To me it smells like Simcoe on Lager yeast.

T-Definitely tasty! They did it well. Sam Adams does Lagers well so I am far from surprised. Piney and lightly catty with some tropical fruit and solid citrus. There is a buttered biscuit/cracker aspect that sneaks around behind the more eccentric flavors too.

M-Zipping bubbles. Moderate bitterness. Body feels fuller than a 5% brew. Drinks easy.

O/D-Sam Adams did a nice job with this one. Its not on the same tier as some of the best Jack's Abby brews (Hoponius Union and Kiwi Rising) but its certainly delicious. I think the IPL has plenty of potential and this beer is excellent evidence of my belief.

Photo of kbrown
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Mild aroma of citrusy and piney hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some notes grapefruit and floral hops and just a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth, and mildly crisp. An average amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A decent enough beer. Better than the standard IPA but nothing special.

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Straw/gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Orange, lemon, pineapple and papaya. Some clean caramel and hints of honey.

Taste
Candied orange, pineapple and papaya. Lemon and grapefruit juice. The malts are pilsner like with touches of honey and caramel. Some light notes of pine and florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and incredibly smooth.

Overall
I've never had a lager that worked so well with hops. Sam Adam's has always been great with lagers IMO and this really proves it. I would easily compare this to Daisy Cutter or DayTime in hop profile. The lager yeast is a real advantage and makes this beer incredibly smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of CurtFromHershey
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden straw appearance with decent head. Really hoppy aroma--smells like an IPA. Initially it tastes like an IPA and then you get hit with that lager taste. Really hoppy of course and the grapefruit notes are readily apparent. To someone who doesn't really like IPA it tastes like an overly hoppy fruity lager or an overly stated pale ale. Finishes a bit more bitter.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a nice copper-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head is rather thick, slowly fading over time to give a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma s quite hoppy in nature. It consists largely of a citrus and some pine hop. There is a sweet aroma mixed with these hop aromas as well. Some tropical fruit notes of mango and tangerine as well as a very light caramel smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light pine and some sweeter tangerine, melon, and mango. As the flavor advances the pine hp flavors lessen in nature while a citrus hop flavor begins dominating the hop taste. While the grapefruit hop gets stronger, the sweeter flavors dwindle some more. In the end a lightly sweetened and actually rather hoppy malt flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite nice for hop and bready flavors as well as the sweet flavors being accentuated well as well by the creamy body.

Overall- A very nice drinking and hoppy brew. Quite tasty and delicious.

Photo of CMOrak
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bobbyc3
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper-amber color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade featuring typical texturing given the style. There's a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Quite hoppy, yet in a subdued manner. The one hop strain I notice predominantly is the mango-like, slightly catty nature of Simcoe - but this also has the grapefruit peel of Cascade and the earth/lemon of Centennial. No real maltiness to be found, but who cares? I'm quite intrigued.

T: Just like the aroma, this has a noticeable influence from the hops. At first, the melon and mango flavors from Simcoe hops comes through. After a couple of sips, flavors of lemon, earth, pine, and grapefruit peel make an appearance. Slightly sweet maltiness finishes off the flavor profile. I also notice a bit of diacetyl, as well. It's definitely a showcase for the hops, and while they don't come across particularly boldly, they never come across as overpowering.

M: A bit heavy in texture, enough to quash drinkability somewhat. If I have any problem with this brew, it's that it isn't as easy to down as it could be. After a while, the malts win out in terms of palate feel, making it a touch syrupy; on the other hand, there is some good dryness in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is about right for a lager.

O: If I rated to style, this would be around a 4.5 or so - I don't know if there's a better pale lager out there (and obviously I haven't had anything from Jack's Abby, either). In terms of personal preference, it does a good job of showing off the hop profile, but it's niggles keep it from reaching greatness.

Photo of Murrhey
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white head with a fluffy peaked top. Light amber color with high clarity. Head remains for about three minutes, sticky lacing hangs around.

S- Spicy, earthy hops. Pepper, citrus, maybe even some pine. Malts are quiet.

T- Smooth, well-balanced hop character. Slightly bitter from piney, West-Coast hops, but sweet malts as well. Odd mix of flavors that I suppose are typical of this style.

M- Smooth and buttery, with a bite from the carbonation.

O- Nice effort by Sam Adams. Drinkable and not at all unpleasant. For a strange style, this is a nice beer.

Photo of JohnnyFire44094
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect amber and copper tinted color with exception clarity from head to toe. The foamy white head reduces to a thin skin that sits atop the beer. Extremely spotty lacing - barely enough to really even call it lacing. Nose is a bit light, contains little bits of orange peel, vegetal hops, very light white pepper spice, slight onion tones, some grassy notes, and maybe some mild "steel-y" caramel flavors. There's a strange aroma mixed in there that pops out every now and then, but I still can't quite put my finger on it. Not off-putting, but a little different. I wonder what it is...

Taste is crisp and snaps on the tongue thanks to the overall thin body and heavy carbonation. Contains a hefty helping of lemon and grapefruit pith - inserting quite the bitter bite, or at least, much bitter than I was expecting. Some more lemon and orange zest notes join at the end and add a bit of sweetness. Hops are kind of leafy and grassy, maybe even with a little bit of pine now. I'm still picking up a touch of pepper spice and onions, though they're not as strong anymore. Light sweetness from the toasted caramel malts in the aftertaste, though it's moreover dominated by the fading hop bitterness. Dry and bready finish.

Pretty damn good for a 5% ABV lager - this is something you could definitely session with. Not the tastiest thing on the planet, but it's certainly worth the price and content for the low alcohol tax.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour a very clear golden honey colored beer. A very good looking beer with a huge white head and excellent retention.

S - Love the smell. Starts off with pine and citrus smells and I also dtect some floral aromas. Wonderful!

T - Love the hops in this beer. Nicely balanced beer in my opinoin. Up front is tastes on pine and a little citrus. It finishes bitter but you can also definately taste the malts.

M - Almost creamy feeling. Would call it medium bodied beer. Fairly smooth beer.

O - I love it. I would look for it and buy it. I got this bottle out of the Sam Adams Spring Sampler pack and its my favorite by far. I had never had an IPL before. Kudos to Boston Beer Company for making this one available.

Photo of automaton
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Thads324
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gokden honey color, big pillowy head that is slightly off white. Head dissipates slowly, minimal lacing.
Soft aromas of white bread, honey, sugar, citrus rind and slight pine needles.

Starts light and watery with no flavor at all until the midway point. Hop bitterness starts the second half with mild stone fruit flavor and a hint of minty pine and grass. Malt undertones of rustic white bread with honey glaze and a bit of corn. Finishes solid with a bit of grassy and earthy bitterness that is reminiscent of that first spring hike of the year.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, lighter end of medium bodied. Good crisp and dry finish. Highly drinkable

Although there is a hole of no flavor to start, otherwise a very good beer. Tasty hops that don't overpower and a smooth, dry mouthfeel. While an ale here would be hearty, this one stays a bit lighter and flirtatious. And highly drinkable.
This will be an excellent option in the summer months, especially at this price.

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BigCheese
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from spring mix pack.

A: Crystal Clear golden with a big thick white head. A true pillow. Leaves nice rings of lacing, head died down by the end.

S: Nice fresh hop aroma. A blend of pine, grapefruit, and grassy floral. some cascade i believe.

T: A Hit of fresh hops. A mix of grapefruit, pine, then I get some more tropical kiwi/mango notes. Definitely has that crisp lager yeast finish. A bit of maltiness but not too much. Some grassy and herbal notes.

M: High carbonation, a nice creamyness. Not watery at all for ABV, for what it is, quite nice.

O: Big flavors for a 5% ABV, crazy. More of a hopped up pilsner than a "IPL". I like this alot though, one of the best sam offerings, especially for the hop forward beers. Like a munich helles with a complex mix of west coast ipa hops. Europe meets cali.

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best before July 2013 notched on the label. Pours a light copper hue with a translucent clarity and a fizzy, one inch, bright white head that quickly sizzles and pops as it recedes into a sudsy film. Nose reveals light, toasted malts with a slightly sweet character, citrus notes and a hint of earthiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus character is expressed more as acidity than any specific fruit. Malt profile also comes off a little less sweet; however, light, earthy bitterness is still evident towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a lively, almost prickly, carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a pleasant, easy-drinking APL. Nothing really stands out per se, but I wouldn't pass one up if offered. Definitely worth experiencing.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.